The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura audiobook

The Thief

By Fuminori Nakamura
Translated by Satoko Izumo and Stephen Coates
Read by Charlie Thurston

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781609989811

  • ISBN: 9780792784289

Runtime: 4.02 Hours
Category: Fiction/Thrillers
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Finalist for the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller

One of the Wall Street Journal's Top 10 Mysteries of the Year in 2012

An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2012

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2012

The Thief is a seasoned pickpocket. Anonymous in his tailored suit, he weaves in and out of Tokyo crowds, stealing wallets from strangers so smoothly sometimes he doesn’t even remember the snatch. Most people are just a blur to him, nameless faces from whom he chooses his victims. He has no family, no friends, no connections … but he does have a past, which finally catches up with him when Ishikawa, his first partner, reappears in his life, and offers him a job he can’t refuse. It’s an easy job: tie up an old rich man, steal the contents of the safe. No one gets hurt. Only the day after the job does he learn that the old man was a prominent politician, and that he was brutally killed after the robbery. And now the thief is caught in a tangle even he might not be able to escape.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A minimalist sliver of Tokyo noir…An intelligent, compelling, and surprisingly moving tale, and highly recommended.” The Guardian (London)
“Strangely, compulsively readable for its portrait of a dark, crumbling, graffiti-scarred Tokyo—and the desire to understand the mysterious thief.” Booklist
“More Conrad than Connelly…A breath of fresh air for readers looking for something beyond the procedural.” Time Out Chicago
“I defy you not to finish the book in a single sitting.” Richmond Times-Dispatch
“We get all the way to page 53 of…before we learn the name of its protagonist narrator…By then a reader may feel no special need to know what this nervy fellow is called, so well has Mr. Nakamura caused us to view the world through the thief’s hypersensitive mind.” Wall Street Journal
“His grasp of the seamy underbelly of the city is why Nakamura is one of the most award-winning young guns of Japanese hard-boiled detective writing.” Daily Beast
“I was deeply impressed with The Thief. It is fresh.” Kenzaburō Ōe, Nobel Prize–winning author
“Fast-paced, elegantly written, and rife with the symbols of inevitability.” ForeWord
“More than a crime novel, The Thief is a narrative that delves deep into the meaning of theft and the nature of justice…Japanese crime fiction has a new star.” Out of the Gutter
“The drily philosophical tone and the noir atmosphere combine perfectly, providing a rapid and enjoyable ‘read’ that is nonetheless cool and distant, provoking the reader to think about (as much as experience) the tale.” International Noir Fiction
“Compelling…Nakamura’s memorable antihero, at once as believably efficient as Donald Westlake’s Parker and as disaffected as a Camus protagonist, will impress genre and literary readers alike.” Publishers Weekly
“Disguised as fast-paced, shock-fueled crime fiction, The Thief resonates even more as a treatise on contemporary disconnect and paralyzing isolation.” Library Journal

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Fuminori Nakamura

Author Bio: Fuminori Nakamura

Fuminori Nakamura graduated from Fukushima University in 2000. In 2002 he won the prestigious Noma Literary Prize for new writers for his first novel, A Gun, and in 2005 he won the Akutagawa Prize for The Boy in the Earth. The Thief, winner of the 2010 Kenzaburō Ōe Prize, Japan’s most important literary award, was his first novel to be published in English.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers
Runtime: 4.02
Audience: Adult
Language: English